Scholarships & Fees


HKUST provides various scholarships for you to join our research (including students under admission to HKUST Guangzhou Pilot Scheme) and taught postgraduate community, which can well cover your tuition fee, accommodation fee and other living costs.

Postgraduate Studentship (PGS)

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per year (~US$27,700/year) HK$ 216,360 2 years Up to 4 years for full-time PhD students for full-time MPhil students and


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

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It is an internationally recognized award to draw the best PhD students around the globe to Hong Kong. HKUST has recruited the largest number of HKPFS awardees among local institutions, coming from 40 countries and regions. 1 out of 7 PhD new students of HKUST received the Fellowship.

The application for 2022/23 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme is now closed. Successful candidates will be notified by RGC via email in Apr 2022. For more details about the scheme, please click here.

hkpfs-chart HK$ 322,800 per year for 4 years* (~US$41,400) Stipend: HK$ 40,000 Recruitment Award of + Academic Excellence Award of HK$20,000 (~US$2,550) per year, in the following years* (~US$5,100) in the first year HKUST RedBird PhD Award: HK$ 13,500 per year for 4 years (~US$1,730) Conference Travel Allowance:

* subject to continual meeting of renewal conditions and compliance to RGC's regulations

RedBird PhD Award Program

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It is an award for excellent PhD candidates, in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and research capacity.

redbird Recruitment Award for new PhD students: (~US$5,100) and a waiver of tuition fee* in the first year HK$ 40,000 Academic Excellence Award for current PhD students: (~US$2,550) per year, in the following years HK$ 20,000

The award is renewable in subsequent years, subject to continual excellent performance.

* Local PhD students will receive a tuition waiver from the Hong Kong SAR Government instead.

Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP)

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It is a scholarship for new non-local students from East, Southeast and South Asia to pursue master's studies and cross-cultural enrichment.

What it offers: 

  • Scholarships covering tuition, lodging and daily subsistence costs throughout the normative study period

Visit here for more details about the program.

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme

The Fellowships Scheme is set up by the University Grants Committee to award meritorious local students to pursue further studies in priority areas conducive to the development of Hong Kong.

Eligible students will receive subsidy in the tuition fee payment.

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Details of the scheme can be found here.

Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local MPhil and PhD Students

To build up a pool of local research talents to sustain Hong Kong’s competitiveness and propel the development of our higher education, the Hong Kong Government has introduced this new scheme. 

local-chart Created with Sketch. HK$ 42,100 p.a. Tuition Waiver of
  • Applicable to all local students enrolled in full-time UGC-funded MPhil/PhD programs, who have the (i) right of abode, (ii) right to land or (iii) “unconditional stay” status in Hong Kong. Check for the symbol “A”, “R” or “U” in the HKSAR Smart ID.
  • Provided for normative period of study
    • MPhil: 2 years
    • PhD (with a research master’s degree): 3 years
    • PhD (without a research master’s degree): 4 years
  • No separate application is required.
  • For details, please visit here.

Other Funding and Scholarships

More funding and scholarships are available to PG students, including Overseas Research Awards & Greater Bay Area Research AwardFulbright Junior Research AwardsResearch Travel Grants, etc.

Visit here for more information.


 Smart Tip

Guaranteed university accommodation for Full-time MPhil and PhD students in the first 2 years of research studies.


Guaranteed university accommodation for students under HKUST Guangzhou Pilot Scheme

  • First 2 years of full-time research postgraduate studies at HKUST 
  • Entire normative study period of study at HKUST(Guangzhou) campus


For details regarding the accommodation, please visit the website of Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRLO)

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